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Friday, January 18, 2008

Pretty Bird movie premiere

Pretty Bird, a movie based on the Rocketbelt Caper story, will premiere on Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie stars Paul Giamatti (Sideways) and Billy Crudup (Almost Famous) as pair of entrepreneurs who team up to build a rocketbelt, with disastrous results. Giamatti says, 'They have this kind of James Bond jet-pack, and it leads to complete mayhem as they try to steal it from each other. I play a fairly tightly wound guy. He's unemployed and feels he has never gotten his due as the kind of genius that he is, always screwed around by his other employees and cut out of the deal. He slow-burns through the whole movie.'

Paul Giamatti in Pretty Bird

Details about the movie remain scarce, but we'll reveal more here after the premiere. For those that have already read the book, in this fictional take on the Rocketbelt 2000 story Giamatti plays a version of the real-life character Larry Stanley, while Billy Crudup plays the Brad Barker character. If you haven't yet read the true story, you can see more about the book here.


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